Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Miscellany

Some odds, ends and personals . . .
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An email received from Byter Sue in respect of last week’s Monday Miscellany comment concerning the beach sculptures of Antony Gormley entitled “Another Place”:

My favourite modern sculpture is another one where part of the joy is wonderment - appearing to be a half-crumpled sheet of metal the inner curl is silvery smooth while the outer surface grooved like corduroy fabric. How was the sheet created? How was it so smoothly curled without leaving crimp marks? Or was it moulded? How was it held in shape as the metal cooled? What stopped the curl from increasing as it set?

Thanks, Sue. 

I can't answer all of Sue's questions, perhaps other readers can, but I can say that the sculpture is called "I Am", is by artist Andrew Rogers and is located at the refurbished Canberra Airport.

The following passage appears on the Canberra Airport website:

The 7.5m high bronze sculpture, is part of the series ‘I am’ by sculptor Andrew Rogers. Andrew Rogers is a sculptor whose works may be found in many plazas and buildings around the world. He is a leading contemporary artist. 
“With this series of works, I have tried to capture a reflection of life in the urban environment, an exploration of a state of mind. We are all individuals possessing the sanctity of a singular life and the ability to express ourselves. At the same time we are part of the society within which we live”, said Andrew Rogers.

Some pics of the Canberra sculpture and of Andrew Rogers:

Andrew Rogers in his foundry with some sculptures

Rogers is best known as the creator of the world’s largest contemporary land art undertaking undertaking. Titled "Rhythms of Life," the project commenced in 1998 and at present comprises 51 massive stone structures (geoglyphs) across 14 countries on seven continents and has involved over 7,000 people. It will be the subject of a separate post this week.

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On the topic of Pease Porridge Hot:

From Charles Z:

Otto - I am acquainted with the rhyme of Pease Porridge Hot, but until I saw your byte did not know that the spelling was pease. Now I am from Western Pennsylvania in the USA and learned it as A child. How it got to that part of the world in the middle 1900s I have no idea. 

and from Sue:

Definitely a clapping song from our household! 
Whereas for long car trips we prefer just the chorus of sweet violets sung over and over with each chorus joining straight into a repetition 
Every bit as effective at triggering a stop as "Are we there yet?" ;-)
(Have included the full song which my father could sing but thought inappropriate to teach us) 
And this one

Thanks Charles and Sue

I said I had never heard it but then again, growing up in a Dutch household ,we were told stories of witches and goblins rather than singing jolly nursery rhymes.

Here are some Youtube links to the song:

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